Well hello there everyone, I would like to offer you all a warm welcome to my home and garden blog. For the past week I have been making lots of quick meals, where I go and buy something in town that is already cooked or partially cooked. Then I bringing it home for me to season more and add some sides to so it can be a full meal. One of these prepped meals I have been making fairly regularly is some really nice, crispy pork belly that the vendors in town have hanging on meat hooks in their stalls on the side of the road. I get a couple hundred grams of this yummy pork belly which is given to me with a bag of fresh herbs, a cucumber and a bag of hoisin sauce. Then I take it home and make it even more scrumptious.

asian pork belly

The flavouring

The pork belly already has an Asian Tamarind sauce on it, so I try and keep the Asian flavour going. One of my favorite mixes when throwing together some noodles or rice is a really simple one; soy sauce and oyster sauce with a clove or two of garlic. It is a really simple mixture; one that you can do in the pan on top of your food so there is even less cleanup.

Cooking

Personally I like to take the pork belly strips and cut them into pieces about half an inch long, then throw them in a pan with a teeny bit of oil and the fresh herbs, fry it all together for 30 seconds or so and then start throwing in the sauces. Last time I added a little bit of lime sauce to the mix and I have to say, that made for just an explosion of flavour in my mouth. If you guys are a fans of pork belly, definitely try it with some lime, garlic, soy and oyster sauce.

Hello everybody, don’t you all look lovely today? I would like to extend a warm welcome back to you all, to my home and garden blog. First off, I will apologize for being absent online for the past couple months(my window box post was 3 months ago! Sorry everyone). We had a month of amazing weather followed by a month of terrible, terrible weather. Now the sun is finally out again so I am back in the garden and back here keeping you all updated. My outfit was ruined during the rain after getting caught outside trying to save my radishes, so I went and bought some clothes from https://www.easyprices.com to make a new outfit for the now sunny gardening season and I think I did pretty good if I do say so myself. Here are some great pickups I got for my sunny gardening outfit.

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Sunflower Skirt

When you plan on spending lots time in the sun with you flowers and vegetables you want to be wearing something that expresses how you are feeling and what you are doing. Nothing is better for this than a beautiful sunflower skirt. Personally I like the look of the yellow sunflowers on black material, and lucky me I found a skirt exactly like that for sale on https://www.easyprices.com/fashion/sunflower-skirt-cheap that I plucked up immediately. I like this look as it goes well with and nice button up shirt or even a good t-shirt, meaning you can wear it as part of your nice gardening outfit or your digging in the dirt outfit. Although if you are digging in the dirt, you might want to have your dickies on as well!

 Sunflower Skirt

Flower Sunglasses

Gardens need sun, everyone knows this and most people will not argue it. People however do not need anywhere near as much sun as flowers do which means that when spending time with our flowers we need to remember to cover up and apply lots of sunscreen. A place that people sometimes forget to cover up is their eyes; your eyes deserve proper protection! Always, always always have a pair of good sunglasses over your eyes when you are working in the garden. My favourite sunglasses are a pair of really pretty flower sunglasses that were really cheap on https://www.easyprices.com/fashion/sunglasses-with-flowers-cheap when I bought them and have served me amazingly since. They also offer up lots of UV protection which should always be put ahead of looks when you are buying sunglasses.

 Flower Sunglasses

Cuteness!

To finish off any cute sunny day gardening outfit, the last part if yourself! You have to be happy to be out there gardening and happy to be wearing something that you put together. If you feel good, you will look good no matter what. I hope that you all enjoyed this post and that it gave you some ideas for how to make your own sunny day gardening outfit. If you enjoyed this post then please check out another post of mine, such as my post on how to make Bitterballen. Enjoy the sun everyone!

Hey everyone. Nadine back with another great post for my Home and Garden blog.

As I said before in my introduction post, I love all things home and garden.  Unfortunately however, I don’t currently have any garden space so am left with creating window boxes to get out all my gardening fulfillment.

Window box planting tips.

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Evaluate the area

The first thing you have to do is to evaluate the area that the Window box will be in.  Is it sunny or shady, does it get windy? How high up is the window? Are there any pests or animals nearby that will be attracted?

Choose your plants and flowers.

Next you have to choose the flowers and plants for your window box based on the considerations discovered. You should also pay attention to things like bloom season – do they bloom all year round? Bloom time – are they going to bloom in the morning when the window box is shaded?

You’ll want to pick perennials to bloom all year round so that the box doesn’t look tired for 3 out of 4 seasons.

Line your box.

The next thing to do is to line your window box.  I like to use a black bin bag but you can use anything that works for you. The lining serves 2 purposes.  Firstly it protects the box and helps it to last longer, and secondly it makes it easier for you to change up year after year.

Add Potting mix.

Do not, and I mean DO NOT use potting soil or dirt. Look for a lightweight organic potting mix with moisture retention.  This means that the soil will be much lighter and won’t put as much pressure on the window.  The Moisture retention means that if you go away for a couple of days then you don’t need to worry about watering as much.

Cutaway excess plastic

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my new Home and Garden blog.

Today I wanted to start things of easy by sharing with you all one of my favourite Dutch recipes, Bitterballen.

A traditional night out in Holland will start fairly early on.  You would gather at a bar or cafe, drink a couple of beers and get something to snack on.  ‘Bittergarnituur’ or as it’s translated into English ‘Garnish for bitters’ simply means the side dish whilst drinking.

Normally this side snack will contain small cubes of gouda cheese, mini egg rolls, meatballs, local meats or sausages and Bitterballen.  

Bitterballen are small savoury snacks.  They are deep fried and breaded and contain a savoury filling, traditionally beef.

Bitterballen

  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) butter
  • 150 grams (5.3 oz) flour
  • 700 ml (23.7 fl oz) beef bouillon
  • 30 grams (1 oz) fresh onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 400 grams (14 oz) cooked meat, shredded
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Nutmeg

For the breading

  • 50 grams (1.8 oz) flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 50 grams (1.8 oz) bread crumbs

Recipe

Bitterballen

Melt the butter in a pan, when melted add the flour gradually and stir to create a roux.
Slowly stir in the stock until the roux absorbs all the liquid.
Simmer for a few minutes whilst stirring in the onion, parsley and meat.  

Pour into a refrigerable container and place in the fridge for several hours or until the mixture solidifies.

Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball.
Roll into the flour, then the egg and then the breadcrumbs.
Refrigerate to solidify again and heat up a pan of oil to 190C

Fry until golden.

Enjoy!

Hey everyone.  Welcome to my all new Home and Garden blog.  

I’m Nadine, originally from Maastricht in the Netherlands but currently living, and loving in Amsterdam.  I’m in my mid to late twenties, perpetually single, and living in a flatshare with my 2 best friends in the world and my 2 cats, Sugar and Spice.

I decided to combine several of my favourite pastimes and came up with the idea of a Home and Garden blog. I love all things homey; Interior design is one of my biggest passions, although it should be seeing as it’s my job! But I also love cooking, DIY and gardening. Though living in a teeny flat in Amsterdam doesn’t lend itself too well to doing much gardening outside of window boxes.  
Other things I love doing include travelling, writing and eating out.  I’m currently trying to save up enough to buy a flat or house, but until then this blog will focus on life in a too small flat with too many people (and pets!)